September 2015
Kier; Morgan Sindall Arup JV; M+W Group
VGC contract value
Sellafield (Jul 2017)

We supply a range of skilled trades and labour to clients Kier, Morgan Sindall Arup JV and  M+W Group at Sellafield nuclear site.

Our contracts and the support from our in-house training team help us to be flexible to meet our client needs, while offering operatives job security. Workers include joiners, steelfixers, banksmen, slingers, crane supervisors, ground workers, concrete operatives and supervisors.

George Farquhar
Labour manager George Farquhar

Our people on site are supported by labour manager George Farquhar, who has 30 years’ experience of working in Sellafield. He is based in our office in Cleator Moor. George is a local authorised signatory for p4 passes for clearance up to DV (developed vetting) level. He also assists our clients with pass transfer ASAs and security check (SC) clearances.

Local people, local expertise

George is committed to VGC’s policy of employing local people wherever possible: at Sellafield, all our workers are local (audited by Baker Mallet). “It makes sense to encourage and develop the local workforce,” he says. “Not only does it reduce the environmental impact of long-distance commuting, it also ensures that the local economy benefits, as wages are spent in local shops and businesses.”

We work closely with Copeland Borough Council to support local employment. In addition, we partner with G4S Welfare to Work and Groundwork Cumbria charities to support people back into work. We hold regular local recruitment open days. With Morgan Sindall and Sellafield Ltd we were a founder member of All Together Cumbria.

CPCS cards
CPCS cards for one of our Sellafield training cohorts

We support our people with training. We are working to help people upgrade their red Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) cards to blue NVQ level 2 competent operator cards. Our last cohort consisted of 14 people who gained CPCS blue cards and level 2 NVQs in plant operations.


Ian Cruden and Ian Sharples
Ian Cruden (L) presenting his award to Ian Sharples

In January 2020, Michael Hagri received a special award from the project for suggesting an alternative way to fill in gaps around a new goods lift.

Team member Ian Sharples received a special award from the client for suggesting an improvement to the steelwork design.

“Ian’s ideas will improve the safety and increase productivity of the install. Well done, Ian”
Ian Cruden, M+W package manager

These special awards have only ever been awarded twice – both times to VGC workers.

Chargehand groundworker Lee Flynn, working on the BEPPS (box encapsulation plant product store), spotted and removed an unsecured scaffold pole, and received an SBO (Safety Behaviour Observation) award.

Damian Burns and Lee Flynn
Damian Burns, major projects safety manager (L) congratulating Lee Flynn
“Thank you for VGC’s continued participation on the SBO scheme and congratulations again to Lee.”
Andrew Ostle, M+W health and safety adviser

Fully compliant in high security environments

Our HR team, trained by the UK Borders Agency, screens personnel to work on projects throughout the UK.

VGC workersVGC’s rigorous clearance processes are trusted by clients to provide staff at airports from Heathrow to Glasgow, high-profile projects like HS2 and Crossrail, and nuclear facilities including Urenco and Hinkley Point. All our workers are fully vetted including face-to-face interviews; at Sellafield they are all P4 pass holders with full Disclosure Scotland and drugs and alcohol screening.

We have been audited by Sellafield for CIJC Working Rule Agreement compliance and have gained industrial relations clearance. We have a good relationship with the industrial relations manager and we sit on the Sellafield Contractors group. All our operatives are on a full contract of employment and comply fully with pink book regulations, in line with CIJC union agreed terms.

Contact us to find out more about our teams at Sellafield, and how we can meet your staffing needs.

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